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Service-Learning gets national award for community service programming

The Service-Learning Program has earned a national award for the community service opportunities that it provides to students.

2006-04-09

Our ValuesMinnesota State Mankato's Service-Learning Program has earned a national award for the community service opportunities that it provides to students.

University representatives will receive the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators "Student Affairs Professionals Best Practices Award" at the organization's annual conference in Washington, D.C, March 11-15. The Minnesota State Mankato program also will be featured in the association's journal, and listed on its website.

The award honors the Service-Learning Program for providing seamless methods for faculty and students to integrate learning with community volunteer opportunities. The program includes more than 50 Minnesota State Mankato professors who use service-learning to connect classroom learning with community experience.

"We are thrilled to be honored with this award," said Kelly Meier, director of Minnesota State Mankato's Student Leadership Development and Service-Learning Office. "Our partnership with Academic Affairs offers students dynamic, community based ways to enhance their learning experience. Our Minnesota State Mankato community really makes a difference in the Mankato community."

Meier's office provides a variety of co-curricular opportunities for student community service, including the New Student Service Project, Make a Difference Day, Earth Day, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, National Children's Book Week, Youth Activity Fair, The Sound of Reading literacy project and Dr. Seuss's Birthday/ literacy event.

In addition, each year the Service-Learning Program sponsors the New Student Service Project, Make a Difference Day, Earth Day, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, National Children's Book Week, Youth Activity Fair, The Sound of Reading literacy project and a Dr. Seuss Birthday/literacy event.

Later this month a number of students, faculty and staff members will spend their spring break in New Orleans, rebuilding homes for families dislocated by Hurricane Katrina.

Minnesota State Mankato's Service-Learning Program began in 1993, and has become a national leader in obtaining and effectively using grants to create innovative programs, including Jumpstart (college students working with preschoolers), Campus Kitchens (students collecting unused food to distribute to the hungry), and Campus Compact Fellows (students engaging in strategic partnerships to create informed, active citizens).

More information about the program is available at www.mnsu.edu/sldsl/, and more about the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators is at www.naspa.org/communities

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